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West Bloomfield schools issues statement on arrested football player UPDATED
A West Bloomfield football player allegedly assaulted a 67-year-old Stoney Creek assistant coach after the Cougars' 50-28 win Friday night. Third-year West Bloomfield coach Ron Bellamy (above) has reportedly kicked the player off the team. (The Oakland Press file photo)
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Tensions at the conclusion of the football game at Stoney Creek in Rochester Hills resulted in the West Bloomfield player being taken away in handcuffs Friday at the Oakland Activities Association Red Division matchup.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester Police Department took the player into custody and questioned him at the Rochester Police Department. He was later released to the custody of his parents.
The trouble started with Stoney Creek leading 35-7 late in the fourth quarter, and animosity between the two sidelines started to escalate.
Following West Bloomfield scoring a meaningless touchdown in the final 15 seconds of the game to make it 50-28, the Lakers attempted an on-side kick.
The kick ended in West Bloomfield being assessed two personal fouls, according to the official post-game referee report. The referees ended up calling the game with six seconds still left on the clock.
Stoney Creek head coach Brad Zube ordered his team off the field and into the locker room without going through the customary post-game handshake line. Sources in the Cougars’ program say Zube’s motivation was to avoid any more altercations.
West Bloomfield took offense to the gesture and a number of coaches and players came across the field to address Stoney Creek’s coaching staff, which had already ushered a majority of its players into the school.
According to witnesses, while 67-year old Harold “Buzz” Zube, father of the Stoney Creek head coach, tried to separate a West Bloomfield assistant and another Stoney Creek assistant, he was knocked unconscious as a result of a punch thrown by a 16-year old West Bloomfield player.
The unnamed player was then arrested, placed in handcuffs and led away in a squad car.
West Bloomfield head coach Ron Bellamy, a former Detroit Lions wide receiver who played in college at the University of Michigan, has kicked the player off the team and the school has suspended him. One of Bellamy’s assistants has left the program as well following the incident.
While his father is not permanently hurt, Zube declined comment for this story. Bellamy said he was not allowed to comment.
Some witnesses in the West Bloomfield fan section claim the events leading up to the punch were egged on by the behavior of the Stoney Creek coaching staff.
The West Bloomfield School’s Superintendent’s office issued the following statement: “This incident involved the actions of one player, not the team. The rest of the West Bloomfield team behaved appropriately. We are saddened by the actions of this individual student, and would like to express our apologies to the coach as well as to any others who may have been negatively impacted by these actions. The student will face disciplinary action in accordance with our district code of conduct. The student was not in school on Monday and is under suspension pending further investigation. As a building and district, we set high standards for our student athletes. Actions such as these are not and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”
So far this fall, West Bloomfield is 1-6. Stoney Creek is 4-3.
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Last Updated: 10/8/2012 7:44:30 PM EST